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Unemployment Claims Hit 26 Year High – So What?

It never ceases to amaze me how the media always see the glass half empty.  Headline after headline lately telling us of company after company laying off workers.  But if you dig in a little, in most cases two things hold true, one, the number of people being laid off in most of these companies is minuscule compared to their total work force and two, most of these companies also have jobs they are currently recruiting for on their career sites.

The trick for job seekers is to know where to look and one place not to be looking during these lean times is the big job boards like Monster, Career Builder and others.  The reason is that most companies have seen their recruiting budgets cut so they are posting fewer jobs on the big boards and also, with the media reminding us everyday of how many people are out looking for work, companies with a strong employment brand are seeing more traffic coming to their corporate career sites through search engines like Google,  job aggregators like Careerjet and through connecting with recruiters on the social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

It’s true, times are tough but don’t despair, change your job search stragtegy to include the new media/tools  I mentioned above and know that when the noise from the media gets really loud, that’s usually a sign that things are about to change for the better.

  1. mrmichaelwebb
    February 11, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Nearly 10% unemployment in California where I am is nothing to sneeze at. I am not the alarmist type and still believe in the robustness of the American economy, but I have to say that I have never worked so hard at finding a job, used more outlets, tried different angles, networked so much, tweaked my resume so much in my whole adult life with little to nothing to show for it. I figured it would be tough, but not this tough. It isn’t even that I am not finding good jobs to apply to because I am. There is just so much competition (I assume) that I am not even getting call backs. I know the media over hypes things but that doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t any truth to what the say.

  2. thejobsguy
    February 11, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Sorry, I didn’t mean to make light of the situation for the people looking for work. Especially in California because as you mentioned, the unemployment rate is one of the nations highest. I’m just sick and tired of the media telling me the same thing over and over and over again.

    I will continue to post job openings in California and hope that the job market will pick up for you and everyone else who is challenged by our country’s current unfortunate situation.

    Stay tuned and feel free to ping me again as I try to help you and others in California find good jobs in the near future as I am also helping companies who are looking for good people to hire.

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